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                                                   HOUSE BILL NO. 1993



                                                                            C 257 L 89



State of Washington                               51st Legislature                              1989 Regular Session


By Representatives Rasmussen, Nealey, Dorn, Rayburn, McLean, Baugher, Youngsman and Kremen



Read first time 2/15/89 and referred to Committee on Agriculture & Rural Development.



AN ACT Relating to the labeling of poultry products; adding a new section to chapter 69.04 RCW; creating a new section; and declaring an emergency.




          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 1.     The legislature finds that:  Poultry produced in this state is known throughout the state for its high quality; and one of the sources of that quality is the proximity of production centers to retail outlets in the state.  The legislature also finds that labeling which misrepresents poultry produced elsewhere as being a product of this state may lead consumers to purchase products which they would not otherwise purchase.  The legislature further finds that the presence of the geographic outline of this state on a label for poultry produced outside of the state misrepresents the product as having been produced in this state.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 2.  A new section is added to chapter 69.04 RCW to read as follows:

          Uncooked poultry is deemed to be misbranded if it is produced outside of this state but the label for the poultry contains the geographic outline of this state.


          NEW SECTION.  Sec. 3.     This act is necessary for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health, or safety, or support of the state government and its existing public institutions, and shall take effect immediately.

                                                                                                                          Passed the House March 14, 1989.


                                                                                                                                         Speaker of the House.


                                                                                                                           Passed the Senate April 13, 1989.


                                                                                                                                       President of the Senate.